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Kieran McGeeney Ratified To Finish What He's Started In Armagh

Kieran McGeeney Ratified To Finish What He's Started In Armagh

Kieran McGeeney will have at least another two years to get Armagh back to football's top table after he was unanimously ratified as manager until 2021 last night.

McGeeney, who took over in the autumn of 2014, has had mixed success with his native county, falling as far as Division 3 in the League and failing to win a game in the Ulster Championship in his first four years in charge. They did however display improvement in the Qualifiers, reaching the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2017 and Round 4 of the Qualifiers the following year.

In 2019, led by an exciting crop of young players including Jarly Óg Burns and Rian O'Neill, Armagh displayed the potential that is ahead for the county. They finally got an Ulster win with a thrilling extra-time win over Down, before losing to Cavan in the semi-final replay. In the Qualifiers, they went down by a single point to Mayo in Castlebar.

Bucking the trend for inter-county football managers, McGeeney will become the fourth longest serving manager in the country in 2020, provided Colm Collins stays on with Clare. Only Collins, Jim Gavin and, of course, Mickey Harte have been in the job longer than McGeeney has with Armagh, while Kevin Walsh in Galway and Turlough O'Brien in Carlow were also appointed ahead of the 2015 season.

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McGeeney as been involved in senior inter-county football for every single year since breaking on to the Armagh panel in 1992.

 

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Michael McCarthy

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